Polo Players Edition

OCT 2018

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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34 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N list, [seeing which horses] played how many minutes, and thinking what maybe they could change to do a little bit better," explained Klentner. Ultimately, Klentner admits the game plan seemed to be working so the team stayed the course. "My dad really helped us out this tournament. He switched our lineup around in the semifinal and today helped us to stay focused. Having an extra pair of eyes off the field has really helped our team," Bray explained. Lucchese was down by a goal at the half, but couldn't be counted out. Hall and Facundo Obregon had played all winter together so they had good chemistry. And, Toly Ulloa, who is rated 5 in Argentina and 3 in the U.S., was mounted on some amazing horses, including at least one horse his 10-goal brother played while winning the U.S. Open final. Klentner Ranch teammates were eager for the win and were willing to work for it. They were scrappy and hustled with every play. If a Lucchese player took off with the ball, a Klentner Ranch player chased them down. If they got past one player, another was there to put a spoke in their wheel. Though some speculated Lucchese would be better mounted, it didn't seem to be the case. Nino Obregon played Sally, Best Playing Pony in the 26-goal U.S. Open, among other standouts. Jake had his dad's amazing string; Bray had plenty of power with his two grays, Disney and Sydney, and bay Venice; and Phoebe, an 8- year-old bay mare, topped Muller's impressive string. Back in action, Facundo Obregon showcased his talent just 12 seconds into the second half, which began with a throw-in in front of the Lucchese goal. Facundo got ahold of the ball and made a coast-to-coast run on Fondue, a 12-year- old Thoroughbred he bought from Ezra Stevenson, to level the score at 4-4. Shortly after, Jake reacted, making an amazing nearside neck to goal to take back the lead. His dad said at that point he knew it was their day. Nino Obregon followed with a Penalty 2 conversion to make the spread two goals, 6-4. Facundo Obregon took the ball downfield after a Penalty 5 but his shot went wide. He connected with a Penalty 2 two minutes later. With 32 seconds left in the chukker, Bray necked the ball to goal, but missed the target. Muller began the fifth with a shot to goal but it too went wide. Nino Obregon put Klentner Ranch back up by two on a Penalty 4 after being cross-hooked. Halfway into the chukker, Facundo Obregon hustled past two opponents to find the mark and bring Lucchese back within one, 7-6. After a few more near misses, the fifth ended with the teams still separated by just a goal. Just 34 seconds into the sixth chukker, Nino Obregon capitalized on a Penalty 2 to go up 8-6. Every minute someone was shooting at goal but the ball wasn't finding the mark. Facundo Obregon had two shots go just wide and Ulloa had one. Shots by Muller and Bray also missed. When the final horn sounded, Klentner Ranch had maintained the two-goal spread. Klentner Ranch's Remy Muller, Mariano Obregon, Justin Klentner, Jake Klentner and Jesse Bray were all smiles after winning the historic Pacific Coast Open. Jesse Bray's Venice was Best Playing Pony and he was honored as the Robert Skene Season MVP. With them are Jesse's sister Mia, father Graham and groom Miguel Andrade. DAVID LOMINSKA/POLOGRAPHICS DAVID LOMINSKA/POLOGRAPHICS

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